“I remember thinking, ‘What a wonderful romantic movie, just walking through the vineyard,”’ she said. “Don saw it and thought growing grapes sounds like fun.”
The idea of starting a winery was born.
If Annetta was going to start on this new journey in life, she was going to do it right. She headed off to classes to learn about the science of making wine. For the next two years, she went to Texas and California for classes while continuing to teach her beloved students.
Then fate intervened in their lives when a 1999 tornado that hit Moore also made its way northeast and did a lot of damage to the property down the hill from them, where a Catholic church sat next to a home.
“We decided this was the opportunity to acquire the property next to us,” she told The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/K8YgQN ).
The property wasn’t in the best condition. They had to remove a lot of old steel and tear down chicken coops and other old buildings. Once it was cleaned up, they planted their first crop of grapes in 2000.
“It takes several years to get a good crop,” she said. “You have to pinch them off and throw them away the first few years to get them stronger.”
Despite the challenges, they never turned away from their dream to build a winery.
“It was always move ahead, move ahead,” Don said. “I always tell people, ‘We’re pioneers. Where we are today, no one’s been before. We never thought we made a mistake by doing this.”’
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